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‘There are no excuses,’ Justin Turner writes in heartfelt post to fans

Turner, long seen as a de facto team captain, thanked fans and gave them some hope for next season.

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Ten days after the Dodgers’ season-ending loss to the San Diego Padres, Justin Turner took to Instagram to tell fans: I get it.

“As a Dodger who has been here for a lot of these endings, I feel like these words won’t ever be enough, and I understand that,” he wrote in his post. “There are no excuses, finger pointing or coulda woulda shouldas that will make this go away.”

Turner also thanked fans for their loyalty, passion, love, and dedication to traveling for away games — which was so great that the Padres blocked L.A. County zip codes from purchasing playoff tickets.

Ever the leader, he remained hopeful that next season would be different and, through the words of Vin Scully, reminded fans that there would be “a new day, and eventually a new year” for the Dodgers.

2022 marked Turner’s ninth with the Dodgers. The third baseman has a $16 million club option for 2023, which the Dodgers have not yet picked up, writes Rory Carroll at Reuters.

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